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Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel)Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel)

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,760 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,760
Reviews: 778
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 313
Gots: 496 | FT: 28
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Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Allagash Curieux was the first foray into barrel aging. Curieux is made by aging our Tripel Ale in Jim Beam bourbon barrels for eight weeks in our cold cellars. The aged beer is then blended back with a portion of fresh Tripel. The resulting beer is soft with coconut and vanilla notes, with hints of bourbon.

(Beer added by: Todd on 04-05-2004)
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drumminbrewer

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

Bottled August 2011 - My 25th beer review! I have always loved Allagash, bold beers that are still complex, refined and well balanced. I've had this before at various states of age...let's see how she drinks relatively fresh. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Pours straw gold, morning sunshine yellow. Thick, creamy head that leaves thick layers of lacing on the glass...not bubbly patches but a chunks of head are left behind once it slowly dissipates.

Lots of bananas on the nose...starchy. Belgian yeast is predominant, bringing some fruit with just a trace of alcohol left behind.

First sip...mmm...bananas foster. Vanilla (not bourbon necessarily, but strong vanilla), butter rolls, banana & some spice (hard to identify...closest would be "allspice".

Medium to medium heavy body. Ample amount of malt hides the alcohol beautifully while lively carbonation makes it unbelievable accessible.

So interesting...I don't know of any other barrel aged triple - (BM me if you do because I'd like to try another)...but this is an exceptional beer that is both approachable and complex. Would delight a newbie or a seasoned BA...outstanding. A brewery that has constantly impressed me. Having tried this several times though, I think it's best after about a year. Cheers.

10-23-2011 06:00:15 | More by drumminbrewer
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axeman9182

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -16.9%

8 oz of 2007 vintage on tap last month at Rattle n Hum and served in a goblet. This review is formed from notes taken as I drank it.

The glass of four year old Curieux I'm brought contains liquid that's a bright golden to lemon yellow, with just a bit of visibility through it. There's just a tiny bit of white foam (due somewhat to the pour), and as a result not much in the way of lacing or head retention. The nose is heavy on vanilla soaked pale fruits, with bourbon and oak playing supporting roles (and the former shining through more than the latter). I'm surprised not to find any clove or pepper aromas anywhere. The flavor brings more of the same. Sweetened fruitiness opens the beer, and a bourbon presence that's a bit more prominent/aggresssive than in the aroma cuts though mid palate, before a subtle woodiness closes the beer out. Once again I'm somewhat let down by the lack of yeasty phenols, as they are somewhat standard for the style. For a beer that's firmly in the double digit ABV territory, it's got an impressive lightness of body. The carbonation is just a tad dull, but it's a minor issue. As a pure drinking experience I enjoyed Curieux a bit more than the score here would indicate, but looking at it as a triple I can't grade it too highly when it's missing one of the hallmark characteristics of the style.

10-20-2011 02:13:46 | More by axeman9182
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gueuzeonhigh

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Poured straw colored with a slight haze.
Created a nice long lived white frothy and sculptured head.

The beer created a wonderful fruity aromatic nose.

The flavor was loaded with spice, coriander, citrus, hops, hints of yeast, malt and a bouquet of other flavors that I can't recall at the moment.

Mouthfeel was a blanket of lively spice and effervescence.

Overall this beer was beyond the classic Belgian Triple- the flavor complex is such that with every bottle I would find flavors that I didn't know were there.

I wonder if this beer will age well?

10-13-2011 23:11:21 | More by gueuzeonhigh
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metter98

New York

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

A: The beer is cloudy golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of alcohol, bourbon, pepper, vanilla and yeast in the nose.
T: The bourbon flavors from the barrel aging really stand out in front of those of the tripel but are not that strong and also have notes of oak and hints of vanilla. Flavors of fruit, spices and yeast are also present from the underlying tripel.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is warming from the alcohol in the finish.
O: The alcohol is noticeable in the both the smell and taste but this doesn’t make the beer overly difficult to drink. It is definitely a good beer to sip.

Note: Bottled August 2011

10-12-2011 23:57:47 | More by metter98
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MayLattimore

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Golden yellow in color. Not as dark as I would have expected. Nice foam. Nose is lovely. Wood and vanilla. Doesn’t seem to be over wooded on the nose. Light fruit as well. Coconut and banana. Lotion. Tastes a little too standard. Surprised and disappointed in the flavors. Still really good. Above average without a doubt.

10-08-2011 19:18:02 | More by MayLattimore
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womencantsail

California

3.9/5  rDev -8.7%

On-tap at American Craft

A: The beer pours a slightly hazed golden straw color with a finger of white head.

S: Some bourbon and oak does come through, but it's more vanilla and tripel. Lots of spice notes to it with a nice banana and pear flavor. Plenty of sweet malt, mostly bread, and a bit of candi sugar.

T: As with the aroma, not the most intense bourbon flavor. Again, a decent vanilla note, though. I do get some sweet fruits (mostly banana) and a bit of spice character (mostly clove). Again, a fairly strong dose of sweet malt.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Would have preferred a bit more bourbon flavors, but still very nice.

10-07-2011 14:46:36 | More by womencantsail
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -17.3%

I bought this having very high hopes. I really enjoy Bourbon Barrel aged brews so when I saw this one I was really excited to try it. I opened the bottle and gave it a pour, it comes out as a hazy yellowish gold color with a white head on top. Gave the brew a good noseful and got mostly a sour aroma to it. Perhaps it's from the Oak barrels, thats fine I was expecting a sweet vanilla aroma from the Bourbon or something but it smelled more like a sour tripel than anything else. The taste was basically the same way, Mostly had a tart flavor to it and virtually no Bourbon flavors that I could pick up at all. The mouthfeel was decent, it had a good feel to it and it was still drinkable. Overall I was just a little bummed about this brew to say the least. I was hoping it would have been a bit different than it was. I haveanother bottle that I'm hanging on to, one day I'll have it again.

10-06-2011 05:29:21 | More by Knapp85
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superspak

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

750 ml bottle into tulip, bottled in June 2008. Pours hazy golden amber color with a fairly dense 2 finger white head with great retention, that reduces to a fairly thick cap. A bit of thick lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big lemon, clove, banana, pepper, citrus peel, honey-like sweetness, white grape, oak, and bourbon. Surprisingly no real booziness was noticed, and there is a great amount of complexity going on here. Taste of tons of oak, lemon, clove, banana, vanilla, bourbon, white grape, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of of mainly bourbon, oak, and vanilla; with a bit of pepper, light fruits, and spices as well. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a decent slightly prickly mouthfeel that is still very smooth. No alcohol noticed other than a warming on the finish. Overall this is an excellent barrel aged tripel. I would definitely like to try a fresher bottle of this because I hear it is even better while it is younger.

10-03-2011 02:01:19 | More by superspak
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%

Bottled August 2011.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that fades to nothing. Thin broken rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, spices, alcohol, coconut, vanilla, and woody aromas. Taste is of sweet malt, brown sugar, spices, coconut, vanilla, some butter flavors, bourbon flavors, and wood. There is an alcohol warmth in the back of the throat after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. A medium bodied feel as well. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great barrel-aged flavor. Interesting to see a tripel aged in bourbon barrels.

09-30-2011 17:18:46 | More by UCLABrewN84
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SteveGNC

North Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%

Another outstanding beer from Allagash. I think I have enjoyed everything I have tried from them. This one pours very frothy, nice pale orange/yellow color. Great head which dissipates slowly. Wonderful aroma - vanilla, bourbon - but not too much. The taste is fantastic. Some bourbon barrel aged brews are too heavy on the bourbon taste for me - this one gets it perfectly. This may be the first Tripel style that I have tasted that was bourbon aged. Wonderful combination in my opinion. A fantastic sipper - a little pricey, but worth it. I'm going to have to go back and buy a few more. I'm guessing this will be even better with time. This one was bottled in May 11.

09-22-2011 22:06:35 | More by SteveGNC
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mdaschaf

Washington

4/5  rDev -6.3%

Review from notes. Had on tap at the Pickled Pig Pub

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a 1.5 finger white head on top that has good retention, with a slow fade to a tight layer of foam on top. Some sporadic, but thick lacing left behind.

S: A good bit of Belgian yeast and some light fruit - mostly banana with a bit of bruised apple and faint citrus. There is some doughy malt and spices. The bourbon is present and there is a bit of an alcohol presence.

T: Similar to the aroma with some apples, Belgian yeast, caramel, and to a lesser extent some banana. The bourbon is less present than it was in the aroma, but there is some residual heat from the alcohol.

M: Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation. Drinks rather smooth with a clean finish.

O: A pretty tasty beer with a nice flavor profile. The alcohol presence knocks it down a tad for me, but would certainly give this one another shot. Would like to try it from a bottle to see how that changes it.

09-22-2011 15:55:20 | More by mdaschaf
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Casey10

Maine

4.08/5  rDev -4.4%

I have this a couple of times just getting around to review. This is a really a great beer from Alagash.

A - Golden good carbination. Wispy head but plenty of bubbles.

S - has a nice burbon smell to it.

T - the burbon is not overpowering but is there and the tripple is dfinately present.

M - Nice and strong.

O - This one is pricey but it is good while wouldn't have all the time is definately worth drinking.

09-21-2011 22:10:08 | More by Casey10
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bucklemyshoe

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev -4.4%

750 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip. Bottled: May 2011.

A: It pours a cloudy orange color with two fingers of creamy white head and some well-sticking lace.

S: Citrus, enticing yeastiness, bourbony oak, and some vanilla.

T: It's pretty oak-and-bourbon-heavy with lots of tangy citrus underneath. The tripel aspect is a little under-played.

M: Medium body with medium-strong carbonation and a little alcohol heat.

O: This is an interesting blend and very good but could be better with more time in the bottle or a better bourbon barrel (Knob Creek would be nice).

09-20-2011 21:41:48 | More by bucklemyshoe
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charlzm

California

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%

Consumed September 8th, 2011 at BoHo, Hollywood CA.

Beer was served in a small snifter. This is a cloudy, lemon-colored brew with a copious number of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass, streaming up to a nice white head about one finger thick. The head is creamy, almost like meringue. Good looking beer, though lighter in color than I would have expected.

Aroma is alcoholic: white wine notes compete with a bourbon bouquet. Belgian yeast character also apparent: powdery, slightly floral.

The white grape notes carry over onto the palate. Some wheat tang, a dash of white pepper and more bitter on the finish than I would have expected. Well rounded with notable alcohol warming. Bourbon is subtle to the point of negligible.

Slightly dry and slightly thick, this beer is also lively in the mouth with carbonation and carries a little alcohol heat.

Overall, this is one of the most enjoyable Tripels I've had.

09-19-2011 15:22:45 | More by charlzm
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -26.2%

Thanks to Normyk for the opportunity to try this. I had missed this beer many times over.

Appearance
Much lighter than I expected. It seems like the barrels barely had an effect on the color. Its a pale golden. Clear and bright with a white head and good lacing.

Aroma
Again, the barreling is very understated, allowing the beer to be more of a Tripel. Lemon notes, and understated, almost bretty funkiness with light, sweet dough. Some yeasty spice is there as well. Things are smoothed over by a little bit of butter and coconut.

Taste
Very tripel like with very little in the way of bourbon. Spicy and chalky yeast with some apple-like fruitiness. There is some faint vanilla and lemon mixed in.

Mouthfeel
The carbonation is too high, that seems to be the way of Allagash though. This beer finishes hot and dry.

Overall
Not what I expected at all. After this, Black and a couple others I've had I'll be removing the rest of the Allagash beers from my wants list now.

09-16-2011 19:43:31 | More by MbpBugeye
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THECPJ

Delaware

4/5  rDev -6.3%

Reviewed from notes: had on draft at the Pickled Pig Pub.

appearance: murky yellow with a 1 finger head

smell: citrus, banana, spices, bourbon,

taste: bourbon, caramel, spices,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: this is a delicious beer. I'm hoping the bottle I have is as good as this beer was on draft.

Cheers,
The CPJ

09-11-2011 15:36:48 | More by THECPJ
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wahnee86

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Tasted 1/2011

A full mouthful with hints of vanilla let you know this beer is definitely a little different. Different sips sometimes presented additional notes, including oak, but overall a very consistent and delicious tasting beer. A quality product that is unique as compared to many of Allagash's other products in taste, though consistent in terms of high quality.

08-23-2011 19:13:23 | More by wahnee86
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nickd717

California

3.7/5  rDev -13.3%

Review dated 12/19/2008.

Expensive as hell ($18 for 750ml) but good.

Golden color with moderate-to-high carbonation. Lemony and creamy with vanilla and some serious bourbon on the finish. Booouuuurbon! (obscure reference to "My New Haircut: Senior Citizen Edition") Some pale malt and Belgian yeast hides behind it. Some oak. Medium-bodied and fairly boozy.

08-23-2011 17:56:58 | More by nickd717
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trixdout

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%

Bottling May 2011.

Appearance - Very light orange, almost like a light orange rust. There is about a finger thick head that leaves lacing. The beer itself looks a little hazy. Looks like alot of carbonation, byt the amount of bubbles rising to the top.

Smell - I get some banana, spiciness, earthy as well as some floral qualities and some bourbon scent. Every little scent seems faint.

Taste - I get a mixture of banana, cream, bread, caramel, some apple and bourbon on the finish. There comes some spiciness in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel - Oily and coats the whole mouth. Quite dry on the finish, too.

Overall - Very good tripel. Way better than La Fin Du Monde.

As a side note, I don't think this beer is worth the $16 it cost me. More like a $10-12 bomber.

08-20-2011 04:08:38 | More by trixdout
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JimmieFrisbee

Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

Bottled April 2011.

Pours an almost opaque, bright yellowish-copper. Though I can barely see the shadow of my fingers through the glass, it is not cloudy or hazy. The beer itself almost looks soft. Big white head, fluffy, many small tight bubbles make the head look creamy while some bigger, "soapy" looking bubbles congregate amongst them.

Has quite a nose. Smells vaguely of clove or banana, perhaps. For a lack of better vocabulary, it smells to me primarily like a tripel. Not a lot of bourbon coming through. Perhaps a ting of alcohol coming through, as well.

Tastes very mild and pleasant. A little bit of spice or pepper up front, a little bit of sweet bourboniness in the finish. Doesn't taste of alcohol, but it certainly warms on the way down. Definitely a sipper, definitely tasty.

Smooth and thick (of medium thickness), with small abrasive bubbles (in the best possible way).

Definitely a classic. Wish I had let it chill a little longer to see a greater range of flavors as it warmed, but still a nice experience. I've been craving this one all week.

08-18-2011 00:36:31 | More by JimmieFrisbee
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YumYumGumGum

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

A - Appearance on this was very different than what I had supposed. A dark champagne color with a nice blond cap.

S -Very light floral, reminded me of summer.

T - Awesome, nothing was overwhelming and a very distinct bourbon taste, very well done.

M - Great carbonation, medium. Very light but the hiding of the alcohol did not come from the consistency, the taste is what did it for me.

O - I'm not a big fan of tripels at all, but this one seemed worth the try on tap during an Allagash takeover of a local restaurant. Mekong in Richmond VA. The added flavor from the barrel process is to me a perfect example of how to show case that process on an already strong beer. This revived my interest in Tripels.

08-12-2011 15:06:58 | More by YumYumGumGum
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nickthetick

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev -15.7%

A: pours a clouded, opaque straw gold into a tulip with a finger of pure white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a beautiful lacing on the way down the glass.

S: some yellow fruits, bananas, white grapes, apricots and an amazing amount of pineapple with out a whole lot of spice or bread qualities. And the alcohol scent scares me a bit.

T: a lot like the nose the fruit smells are in the mouth in doubles, but there is a bit more of a pronounced spice and yeast quality to it then lead to believe what was possible from the nose. The alcohol is there and very noticeable but the nice flavors tone it down a bit.

MF: a tad on the side of heavy, ok effervescence, hot and dry.

O: an interesting triple that adds a new page to my previous triple experience. I would not pass this beer up if I saw it again but I wouldn't look for it specifically.

08-10-2011 23:07:14 | More by nickthetick
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snpub540

California

3.9/5  rDev -8.7%

On tap at Hollingshead's. Poured a hazy orange hue with a small white head. It leaves some delicate lacing on the glass the entire drink.

Aroma seems very faint. A little spice and some earthy yeastiness mixed with a nice vanilla from the barrel.

Nice hay and grain flavors upfront with phenolic yeast notes in the finish. Spicy and tasty. A little bourbon and heat as it warms. Great flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and this is crisp and refreshing. Nice drinking beer.

08-09-2011 20:09:24 | More by snpub540
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dtivp

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%

Pours a hazy golden orange with a half finger white head, very little retention and light lacing.

Aroma of bourbon, spice and yeast.

Taste of yeast and strong alcohol, bourbon, a slight vanilla sweetness.

Mouthfeel was medium body, very light carbonation, creamy, crisp and very warm from the booze.

Overall if you like the bourbon aged beers this is a good one, sip it and use caution.

07-31-2011 19:05:47 | More by dtivp
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angelogarcia3

New York

4.72/5  rDev +10.5%

Another of my favorite beers. This beer started me on the quest for Bourbon Barrel-aged beers. A light colored almost golden in color beer. Cloudy with a thin ivory-colored head. A very light nose of bourbon and clove. The mouthfeel is almost syrupy with slight effervense. The bourbon taste is very pronounced with hints of clove, and honey.

07-28-2011 22:27:38 | More by angelogarcia3
Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
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